Pantsless Panther Girl Has Best Superstition Ever

Sports superstitions are strange things. Wade Boggs needed his chicken before every game. Pedro Cerrano only learned in the end he didn’t need Jobu’s help. The Eagles’ playoff beards make them all look like they’re homeless and/or registered sex offenders. My New York Rangers Stanley Cup hat has spooky powers. But these are all fairly unobtrusive methods.

Pantsless Panthers

One Charlotte-area woman has the least practical ritual since Raymond Babbitt had to watch “The People’s Court”: in order for the Panthers to win, she needs to watch the game bottomless. I know where I’ll be Saturday night, because somewhere in this grand country of ours, someone will be watching football without their pants, and it’s not a fat hairy dude in his boxers.

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Blog-O-Say-Can-You See: Superb Star Spanglings

• In honor of the Fourth of July, BALL DON’T LIE belts out their favorite pre-game performances of “The Star-Spangled Banner“.

• Meanwhile, EVERY DAY SHOULD BE SATURDAY presents their own perverse patriotism in their version of “This Is Our Country“.

• And ESPN’s HASHMARKS wishes Al Davis a crazy happy 79th birthday.

Michael David Smith of AOL FANHOUSE punches up word that boxer Humberto Solo blames his Saturday night loss on a racist referee.

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Blog-O-Rama: Sharapova’s First Success On Clay

• The FLORIDA TIMES-UNION serves up news that Maria Sharapova is back in championship form, as she wins her first-ever title on clay.

Maria Sharapova holding trophy

And Maria’s prize - a lovely crystal 7-11 Big Gulp cup, good for one free refill.

• Speaking of a dirtier kind of Clay - with the Sonics having possibly played their last game in Key Arena, NOTTEN THIS LIFE looks to see where most Seattle fans fall in the Five Stages of Grief.

Darren Rovell of CNBC has an idea who Derrick Rose’s NBA agent will be - and it’s not LeBron’s bud.

• USA TODAY’s GAME ON combs through their 5 favorite NHL playoff beards.

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